News and Tasks
Mid-Monthly Update from the Chair | 2016 April
Professional Advising Model Being Piloted at DSU
On April 15 I received news from Dr. Carmen Wilson that the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management wishes to pilot at DSU an advising model that makes use of professional advisors in an incoming student's first two years.
A team of full-time and part-time advisors in the Academic Success Center would be trained by chairs to advise majors in their respective departments. Then those professional advisors would guide students in registering for classes and utilizing support services, as needed.
In the junior and senior years, students would meet with departmental advisors (i.e., faculty members) until degree completion/graduation.
Please see this for all the details.
Is the Department of Teacher Education interested in participating in this pilot program? Please let me know by 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, April 20.
Learning Progressions for Methods Course Instructors
Some of us who teach methods courses have had conversations about question #9 of Signature Assessment 4 (here), which is embedded in every content-area methods course. Question #9 refers to the learning progressions in each discipline.
Well, the April issue of Educational Leadership includes an article called "The Building Blocks of Learning" with the teaser "An informed understanding of learning progressions can lead to more productive discussions about student work." Check it out here.
Student ND United Conference
On April 1 and 2, Dr. Candice Moench chaperoned several Student Education Association members from our Bismarck campus as they traveled to Fargo for the SNDU spring conference.
Not only did DSU's students attend the conference, but they also sought out leadership roles in the organization. Composite social science major Landen Schmeichel was elected to serve as SNDU's new president!
Click here for more information on the conference, and see some event photos below.
In the News
Check these out:
March 14: "DSU Students Receive Outstanding Student in Teacher Education Award"
March 31: "Just a Small Town Girl"
April 5: "DSU Bismarck Students Attend SNDU Professional Development Conference"
April 11: "Rasmussen Presents at TESOL Association's Annual Convention and English Language Expo"
April 15: mentions of education majors Brittany Berger (on p. 2) and Logan Caulk (on p. 3) of this newsletter from the Best Friends Mentoring Program
More Accreditation Requirements Possibly on the Way from CAEP
On April 14 I was asked to respond to a survey from CAEP to provide feedback on behalf of our teacher preparation program. CAEP is considering seeking official recognition by the federal Department of Education as an accrediting agency.
The Department of Education used to recognize NCATE and TEAC (the accreditors that in 2013 merged to form CAEP); and that recognition meant that NCATE- and TEAC-accredited institutions were eligible for certain federal benefits, such as TEACH grants for education majors.
However, the Department of Education requires that an accreditation agency meet 10 specific standards before being approved by the Department. For CAEP to meet those standards, they will have to require teacher preparation programs to provide even more data than are currently required under the new CAEP standards--which themselves place far greater demands on our program (well, all programs) than NCATE ever did.
CAEP created this table to show how each of the 10 standards from the Department of Education would lead to increased requirements from CAEP.
I'm sure this will be a topic for conversation at an upcoming meeting of NDACTE, at which all teacher preparation programs in ND are represented.
I will be happy to communicate the feelings of the Teacher Education Council if you will share with me your own thoughts about whether CAEP ought to pursue recognition by the Department of Education.
ND Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Conference
On April 8, Dr. Candice Moench and Ms. Pam Krueger chaperoned several DSU education majors as they traveled to Minot for the spring conference of the NDACTE, of which DSU is a member.
Lindsay Mock delivered a presentation called "The Tipi: Not a Modern-Day Mobile Home."
Another DSU student presentation titled "Preserving the Past and Provoking the Future: The Holocaust through a Multimodal Lens" was delivered by Kat Kirschmann, Janae Miller, Sean Elkins, Matthew Messer, Brett Schroeder, and Ms. Flora Cho.
NDACTE Outstanding Student in Teacher Education awards were given to DSU students Kristina Dekker and Lindsay Mock.
Click here to read the presentation descriptions and the bios for the award recipients.